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The Cinema of Small Nations

Edited by Mette Hjort, Duncan Petrie

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Within cinema studies there has emerged a significant body of scholarship on the idea of 'National Cinema' but there has been a tendency to focus on the major national cinemas. Less developed within this field is the analysis of what we might term minor or small national cinemas, despite the increasing significance of these small entities with the international domain of moving image production, distribution and consumption.

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Introduction (Mette Hjort and Duncan Petrie)
Denmark (Mette Hjort)
Iceland (Bjorn Nordfjord)
Ireland (Martin McLoone)
Scotland (Jonathan Murray)
Bulgaria (Dina Iordanova)
Hong Kong (Ackbar Abbas)
Singapore (See Kam Tan & Jeremy Fernando)
Taiwan (James Udden)
New Zealand (Duncan Petrie)
Cuba (Ana M. Lopez)
Burkina Faso (Eva Jørholt)
Tunisia (Florence Martin)

About the Author

Mette Hjort is Professor and Progam Director of Visual Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

Duncan Petrie is Professor of Film at the University of York. His publications include Creativity and Constraint in the British Film Industry (1991), The British Cinematographer (1996), Screening Scotland (2000), Contemporary Scottish Fictions (2004), Shot in New Zealand (2007) and Educating Film-Makers (2014).


The introduction offers an excellent conceptual framework to situate the case studies... The strength of the volume lies in its multilevel analysis: going beyond, but not excluding, textual analysis. The reader gets a detailed and balanced overview of the major issues of film industry and culture within a wide variety of small nations… The collection is a timely and important contribution to the study of national and global cinemas and a highly recommendable read for a wide audience. It provides a view on a wide variety of national cinemas worldwide.
- Philippe Meers, University of Antwerp, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
A fabulous read - finding out about these cinemas was almost like reading detective fiction - unveiling, as the book does, the enigmatic nature of small nations' cinemas and giving the reader insights and knowledges heretofore squirreled away.
- Professor Susan Hayward, University of Exeter
It's astonishing that we have had to wait until now to get our hands on this timely, informative, and lively volume. The Cinema of Small Nations offers us a rich overview of what this very important but underappreciated phenomenon might mean. How do films get produced and, under the sign of various national cultures, attached to states that are on the small side, geographically, demographically, and politically? How do these works then circulate on local turf and across the globe? These questions are addressed via rich and theoretically informed case studies from leading scholars in each area. After reading this book, it is impossible to speak of world cinema, national cultures, or globalization in easy platitudes.
- Professor Faye Ginsburg, New York University